עקב - "Because"
"Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your G-d will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.
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The Hebrew Word
Ekev (Strong's #6118) literally means "a heel" (as the rear part of a foot) and figuratively means "the last of" something. The implication is one of "result" or "reward". It is used only 14 times in 14 verses in the Tanakh.
First use in Scripture
The first time ekev is used in Scripture is in Genesis 22:18.
"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, [as a reward] because you have obeyed My voice."
Last use in Scripture
The last time ekev is used in Scripture is in Amos 4:12.
Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel."
- Promises of G-d - Deuteronomy 7:12
- G-d's Gracious Dealings - Deuteronomy 8:1
- Israel Provoked G-d - Deuteronomy 9:1
- The Tablets Rewritten - Deuteronomy 10:1
- Rewards of Obedience - Deuteronomy 11:1
Portraits of Messiah
Verse by Verse Notes
7 of the traditional 613 commandments are found in this parashah:
- 111- Do not derive benefit from ornaments of idols - Deuteronomy 7:25
- 110- Do not derive benefit from idols and their accessories - Deuteronomy 7:26
- 145- To bless the Almighty after eating - Deuteronomy 8:10
- 78- To show love towards foreigners - Deuteronomy 10:19
- 5- To fear Him reverently - Deuteronomy 10:20
- 71- To cleave to those who know Him - Deuteronomy 10:20
- 287- To swear in G-d's Name to confirm the truth when deemed necessary by court - Deuteronomy 10:20
14 verses that include ekev (Strong's #6118)
2 Samuel 12:6
2 Samuel 12:10